Queenslanders dominate Australian lifesaving squad

Queenslanders have dominated selection in the Australian Life Saving Team Squad for the 2018 World Championships.

In total, the Australian Life Saving team selectors named 47 athletes who will strive to represent Australia over the next 18 months leading up to the Life Saving World Championships 2018. The championships will be held in Adelaide from 17 November – 2 December 2018.

The squad features an incredible 26 Queensland athletes including five from the Sunshine Coast and 21 from Gold Coast clubs.

The squad will be narrowed down over the next 12-18 months before the national team is selected to compete at the World Championships in South Australia next year.

The squad is spearheaded by reigning Kellog’s Nutri-Grain Series champions Matt Poole and Harriett Brown. Meanwhile, the likes of Ali Day, Matt Bevilacqua, Jordan Mercer, Maddy Dunn, and Alyssa Bull have also been included within the initial squad.

Surf Life Saving Queensland sports manager Stuart Hogben congratulated all athletes selected, saying it was great to have such a big representation from Queensland clubs.

“When it comes to surf sports, Queensland has been one of the dominant states in recent years and it’s really great to see that so many local athletes have been rewarded for their form over that time with a spot in the Australian squad,” he said.

“It’s a really strong squad, with a lot of national and international experience, and I’m sure it will be a fairly formidable team come next year.

“Representing your country and pulling on the green and gold cap is a tremendous honour and I’m sure each athlete will be doing what to they can to ensure they’re in the best position possible to perform well on the international stage,” he said.

The Australian Youth Lifesaving Squad (ocean and beach) will be announced next week, with the Australian Youth Pool Squad set to be announced after the national championships in August.

Queensland representatives –

  • Sam Bell, Maroochydore
  • Matt Bevilacqua, Kurrawa
  • Josh Brown, Currumbin
  • Harriet Brown, Northcliffe
  • Alyssa Bull, Alexandra Headland
  • Ben Carberry, Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park
  • Luke Cuff, Mermaid Beach
  • Prue Davies, Currumbin
  • Matt Davis, Currumbin
  • Ali Day, Surfers Paradise
  • Maddy Dunn, Northcliffe
  • Rachel Eddy, Kurrawa
  • Elizabeth Forsyth, Currumbin
  • Chelsea Gillett, Maroochydore
  • Kieran Gordon, Currumbin
  • Nikolas Green, Northcliffe
  • Pamela Hendry, Maroochydore
  • Mariah Jones, Tweed Heads & Coolangatta
  • Nicole Kay, Kurrawa
  • Alyssa Koenan, Northcliffe
  • Amy Levings, Northcliffe
  • Bree Masters, Kurrawa
  • Jordan Mercer, Noosa Heads
  • Tom Montgomery, Currumbin
  • Matt Poole, Kurrawa
  • Hayden White, Currumbin

For the full team, visit Surf Life Saving Australia.

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